Wheelchair Van Seating Options

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Los Angeles, CA wheelchair users and Dallas, TX caretakers have several options when considering wheelchair van seating options. Modern wheelchair vans offer more vehicle customization possibilities than ever before to cater to the unique needs of each individual user, ranging from a removable front passenger seat or driver-side transfer seat with swivel function or a jump seat in the rear of the vehicle. In this comprehensive guide, Freedom Motors USA provides more information on each option.

Removable Front Passenger Seat

If you prefer to sit in the front of the vehicle but will not be driving, a removable front passenger seat could be a sensible choice. The front passenger seat can simply be slid out of its position, making room for your wheelchair to be secured in its place. Keep in mind, most states have regulations for children in wheelchairs regarding where they can be positioned in the vehicle. Much of the time to be seated in the front, the child must weigh at least 50 pounds and be capable of withstanding the force of the front passenger airbag if it were to deploy. 

Removable front passenger seats require a side entry wheelchair ramp. At Freedom Motors USA, we carry a wide inventory of side entry vehicles for sale, including vans like the Toyota Sienna, SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse, and even pickup trucks!

Transfer Seat

Side entry wheelchair ramps can also be utilized to put the wheelchair user in the driver’s position of a side entry vehicle. If you will be driving the vehicle, a transfer seat is required for your safety. Transfer seats retain the vehicle’s original support settings, upholstery, and seatbelt while allowing for multiple drivers to utilize the driver position. 

  • A 4-way transfer seat transfers the user forward/backward and allows them to swivel in/out.
  • A 6-way transfer seat adds up/down functionality, though this configuration is a less commonly utilized vehicle customization. 

What Does a Swivel Seat Do for a Car?

Once situated in the driver-side or front passenger seat, a common difficulty is turning to face forward. This is where a swivel seat for a car can be helpful. Swivel seats are made of two thin layers that are joined by a swivel, allowing the passenger to easily turn themself from the side to face the front after being seated.

Jump Seat

Among handicap assistive devices for rear entry vehicles, jump seats are common. They’re ideal for Orlando, FL and New York, NY families who need to accommodate a wheelchair, but also have a need for standard seating options in the rear of the vehicle. Jump seats act as regular seating when you need it, but can be quickly folded up or down to reveal a large, open area that is ideal for securing a wheelchair. Both single and double jump seats are available, as well as fold-out versions that allow the entire rear seating section to be folded up against the vehicle’s side. 

Turn to Freedom Motors USA for Wheelchair Van Seating Help

Whether you are still in the process of shopping for wheelchair vans for sale or you already own a vehicle but need help with assistive devices and seating options, Freedom Motors USA is here for you. We are well-versed in vehicle customization for wheelchair users; contact us today to start a conversation with a dedicated member of our team. No matter your needs, at Freedom Motors USA we are committed to helping you configure a vehicle that works for you.

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